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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 223700
Last updated: 20 October 2020
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Time:11:01 EDT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PC12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Pilatus PC-12/45
Registration: N944BT
C/n / msn: 468
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE)
Destination airport:Moore-Murrell Airport (MOR)
On March 24, 2019, about 1101 eastern daylight time, a Pilatus PC-12/45, N944BT, was substantially damaged when the pilot's windshield shattered while flying near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The commercial pilot and two passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and was destined for Moore-Murrell Airport (MOR), Morristown, Tennessee. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot, he was climbing through 20,000 ft when he heard a loud bang and the pilot side windshield shattered. He immediately notified air traffic control that he was returning to FXE and needed descend. After landing uneventfully, he examined the windshield and noticed that the seal was extruded in two places around the outer pane.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the pilot's side windshield was shattered and still attached to the airplane. The bottom left corner and upper corner of the windshield were pushed outward, and the seal around the windshield was torn. The lower left heating element was burnt.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, single-engine sea, and multi-engine land. His most-recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on November 15, 2017. He reported 9,000 total hours of flight experience of which 2,600 hours were in the PC-12.

The airplane was manufactured in 2002. It was powered by a Pratt and Whitney PT6A-67, 1,250-horsepower engine, equipped with a four-bladed Hartzell propeller.



Revision history:

04-Apr-2019 17:09 Captain Adam Added

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